The British Red Cross is regulated by the Charity Commission in England and Wales and by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland. We are obliged by law to make sure that we receive all legacies to the British Red Cross and to maximise that income wherever possible.
We are required to collect certain information, depending on the type of legacy left to the organisation.
Information for administrators (PDF)
If we are listed as a beneficiary in a will, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
Legacy administration team
British Red Cross
London EC2Y 9AL
If the deceased was a regular supporter of the British Red Cross, you may also wish to contact our supporter care team on 0300 456 11 55 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to stop further mailings being sent out and prevent any unnecessary distress to the family.
Pecuniary and specific legacies
A gift of a fixed sum of money in a will is called a pecuniary legacy.
A specific legacy is a particular named item left as a gift in a will, such as a piece of jewellery.
If the British Red Cross is named as a beneficiary in either of these ways, we require:
- a copy of the relevant will clause
The executor must pass any benefit from a pecuniary legacy to us within 12 months of the date of death, if we are to benefit.
Statutory interest may be payable if the pecuniary legacy is not paid within a year.
If, however, there are insufficient funds in the estate, the executor should notify the legacy administration team as soon as possible to explain the situation and provide a copy of the estate accounts, once available, for our file and information purposes.
A gift of the remainder of the estate after all other legacies have been made and debts cleared is called a residuary legacy.
If we are named as a residuary beneficiary, we will require:
- a copy of the will and codicil(s) once probate has been granted
- a copy of the schedule of assets and liabilities or a copy of the inheritance tax form (IHT 400)
- probate valuations of significant assets, such as property, shares or antiques
- a copy of the estate accounts
- tax deduction certificates
Administering estates with residuary gifts (PDF)